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Saxon village house in Transylvania, Romania, near Brasov. Late Jan to March 2014 and occasional short sits during the tourist season

  • This house is in: Romania, Bod (village)
  • Dates: variable
  • Are there any pets to look after?
    None

About this assignment

Single person, couple or small family, to sit house whilst I am taking my annual winter visit to Britain - mid January to mid-March 2014. Must be non-smokers. A dog is acceptable but only in the enclosed courtyard, not in the house.

Note that if you also do HelpX, I am a registered HelpX host.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Sitting the house in my absence. Supervising my idiosyncratic gas central heating system and pumped water supply from well. Snow clearance in courtyard as required. There are some maintenance, repair, and decorating jobs that may need doing if the sitter wishes and is able - we will discuss this in advance.

What are the good features of the property and location

Typical, traditional Saxon smallholding (but no longer worked as a farm) in a quiet, attractive, rural village in Transylvania, central Romania - 15kms north of Brasov city. Property has gas-fired central heating, running hot and cold water supplied from a well, partial double glazing, oak beams, traditional features, insulated loft, cable TV, wireless internet.

Property is set in its own enclosed, gated courtyard about 500 metres from village centre on a quiet asphalt road, with frequent horse-drawn carts passing front gate. Mature pine trees, apple, pear and walnut orchard, vines and large parking area in courtyard.

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

This is rural Romania - life is varied, fun, different, and sometimes very challenging. It will be deep winter, with temperatures regularly down to minus 20 Celsius at night, perhaps minus 30 on occasion. Daytime temperatures can be anything from minus 15 to plus 15.

There is a frequent (but not regular) bus service from the village centre (500m from house) to Brasov city, 15kms away (takes 30 minutes).

I have friendly, helpful neighbours and other people in the village for local support, some of whom speak basic English.

I will be contactable online, and by phone in an emergency, but will not be able to return to Romania before the agreed date.

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